Protecting your health

Protecting against disease, infection and illness is a key priority for the council. Whether that’s immunising against flu and diseases or taking care of your sexual health, find out what services are available near you.

1. Sexual health

Your sexual health is a key part of your physical, mental and social wellbeing. Whether you’re in a relationship, don’t have a regular partner or are not currently having sex, taking care of your sexual health is vital.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Regular STI testing is crucial, regardless of whether you’re experiencing symptoms of an STI. If you are experiencing symptoms of an STI, would like information on complex contraception options or want to test for HIV, our GUM sexual health services are available across the borough. Find out more at People First

If you are not experiencing symptoms of an STI, Sexual Health London (SHL) provides free and easy access to sexual health testing via the internet and local venues. You can also visit one of Central and North West London NHS Trust’s (CNWL) clinics where you can also access a range of contraception.

Advice and information

SASH (Support and Advice on Sexual Health) supports residents to improve behaviour, attitudes, and knowledge around reproductive and sexual health. The partnership also works closely with community reproductive health, contraception, STI screening and HIV treatment to ensure services are accessible and responsive to residents.

Freedoms Shop

The Freedoms Shop is available to all residents. The shop is dedicated to helping you have safer sex by stocking a huge range of high quality condoms and lubricants, as well as testing and sampling kits.    

Tell us about sexual health in the community

We want to hear from you about your experiences of accessing sexual health in the community, what you would like to see and how we can make improvements.

Have your say

2. Immunisations

Immunisations or vaccinations are given to help prevent people getting certain diseases. It’s important to make sure you and your children have your routine vaccinations delivered on time to protect against certain diseases. Visit NHS to find out more.

Flu jabs

Learn about immunisation against influenza, including who is at risk, and when and where to get the vaccine.                      

3. NHS health checks

An NHS Health Check is a sophisticated check of your heart health aimed at adults aged 40 to 74. The check involves measuring your blood pressure, pulse, height and weight and asking you some lifestyle questions to see whether there’s more you can do to look after your health. 

4. Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. Do you have diabetes, want more information or the condition or simply want to share your experiences with others? Visit Know Diabetes.

5. Cancer screening

Diagnosing cancer early can make all the difference. Free cancer screening for certain types of cancer is available on the NHS for some people. Visit the NHS website to find out more.

Last updated: 25 February 2019